Visit of an Austrian delegation to the Congress

Secretary General 20 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from Upper Austria headed by Thomas STELZER, President (Landeshauptmann), visited the Council of Europe and met Andreas KIEFER, Secretary General of the Congress, on 22 March 2019 in Strasbourg, France. The Secretary General informed Mr STELZER of the action taken on the latest...

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Henrietta BERO: "Youth is a priority for the Congress"

Current Affairs Committee 18 to 19 March 2019 Budapest, HUNGARY

Speaking for the first time as thematic spokesperson on youth, Henrietta BERO (Hungary, EPP/CCE) presented the activities of the Congress in Budapest, Hungary, as the Council of Europe's youth department held its statutory meetings on 18 and 19 March 2019. The spokesperson emphasised the...

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The President of the Chamber of Regions participates in the visit of the Crown Prince of Norway to the Council of Europe

18 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

At the occasion of an official visit of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway to the European Court of Human Rights on 18 March 2019 Congress-Vice-President and President of the Chamber of Regions, Gunn Marit HELGESEN had an opportunity to inform Crown Prince HAAKON about the grassroots...

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Presentation of the Congress to a Norwegian delegation

Secretary General 18 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

Gunn Marit HELGESEN, President of the Chamber of Regions and President of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional authorities (KS) and Andreas KIEFER, Secretary General of the Congress, met a delegation from the Association visiting the Council of Europe (KS) on 18 March 2018 in...

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Ukrainian local authorities join efforts to advance gender equality

co-operation 14 to 15 March 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) co-organised on 14-15 March 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, the round table “Gender Equality and Open Government for Stronger Local Democracy”. This event brought together 50 Ukrainian local elected representatives and public officials as well as...

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The Chair of the Monitoring Committee welcomes the adoption of the "Venice Principles" on protection of Ombudsmen

Monitoring 15 March 2018 Venice, Italy

The Chair of the Congress Monitoring Committee, Leendert VERBEEK (Netherlands, SOC), welcomed the adoption by the Venice Commission of the "Venice Principles" at its 118th plenary session on 15 March 2019. The "Venice Principles" concern the protection and promotion of the institution of...

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118th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission

Venice Commission 15 March 2019 Venice, Italy

Addressing the 118th Session of the Venice Commission on 15 March 2019, Leendert Verbeek (Netherlands, SOC), Chair of the Congress Monitoring Committee, gave an overview of the committee’s activities in the area of monitoring local and regional democracy and observing local elections. He...

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Congress carried out a monitoring visit to Hungary

Monitoring Committee 19 to 21 March 2019 Hungary

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit to Hungary from 19 to 21 March 2019, to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, which the country ratified in 1994. Two...

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A delegation from the Swedish association of Local Authorities and Regions at the Council of Europe

Presidency 12 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

The President of the Congress Anders KNAPE welcomed on 12 March 2019 in Strasbourg a delegation from the Center Party of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) upon their visit to the Council of Europe. During their exchange the President recalled that the Council of...

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Ukraine: Gender equality and open government for stronger local democracy

Co-operation 14 March 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

As part of the global Open Government Week (Open Gov Week, 11-17 March 2019) and collective efforts to ensure gender equality at local level, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a round table to streamline gender equality in the implementation of...

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Local elections in Turkey: Congress organised pre-election visit to Ankara

Election observation 14 March 2019 Ankara, Turkey

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Mr Andrew DAWSON (ECR, United Kingdom), carried out a pre-election visit in Ankara, on 14 March 2019, in order to evaluate the campaign and the preparations of the local elections to be held in...

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International Women's Day: Zero tolerance for sexism in political assemblies

Gender equality 8 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

"All over the world, voices are being raised to denounce violence, sexism and harassment against women in the private, professional and political spheres," said Jelena DRENJANIN (EPP/CEC, Sweden), spokesperson for the Congress for Gender Equality, on the occasion of International Women's Day, on...

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Second part of the Monitoring visit by the Congress to the Russian Federation

4 March 2019 Russian Federation

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a second part of the monitoring visit to the Russian Federation from 5 to 7 March 2019. The delegation continue to examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the...

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Congress Bureau met in Helsinki

Bureau 1 March 2019 Helsinki, Finland

In the framework of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Bureau of the Congress met on 1 March 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. At the opening of the meeting, the Bureau members held an exchange of views with the Finnish Minister for Local and Regional Affairs, Anu VEHVILÄINEN....

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Congress Bureau: exchange of views with the Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance of Finland

Bureau 1st March 2019 Helsinki, Finland

At its meeting on 1 March in Helsinki, the Bureau of the Congress held an exchange of views with Martti Hetemäki, Permanent State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland. Congress President Anders Knape welcomed the fact that local and regional democracy is at the heart of the Finnish...

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Ukrainian local authorities uphold their support for political, social and economic inclusion of IDPs

co-operation 28 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) organised a workshop on “Ensuring better inclusion and integration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at local level in Ukraine” on 28 February 2019 in Kyiv,...

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Meeting between the Secretary General of the Congress and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine

Secretary General 27 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

The decentralisation reforms currently under way in Ukraine and co-operation with the Congress in this area were discussed at a meeting between the Secretary General of the Congress, Andreas Kiefer, and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Ivanna...

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ARLEM: "Good governance and transparency are the keys to citizens' trust", says Xavier CADORET

Sud-Med 27 February 2019 Seville, Spain

"A system can only be reliable and functional, if it is based on the trust of citizens in their elected representatives," said Congress Vice-President Xavier Cadoret, speaking at the 10th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) in Seville, Spain, on 27...

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Voting rights of IDPs in Ukraine: Congress rapporteurs call on the Verkhovna Rada to accelerate the adoption of draft Law No. 6240

co-operation 27 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

Drawing from the general consensus that providing IDPs with the right to vote is essential for successful integration, the Congress rapporteurs call on the Ukrainian authorities to take the necessary legislative measures, in particular in view of the next local election in 2020, to make IDPs’...

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36th Congress session: "Mayors safeguarding democracy"

36th Session 2-4 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

The members of the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe will meet from 2 to 4 April 2019 in Strasbourg, France, at their 36th session, with "Mayors safeguarding democracy" as this year's theme. A debate will be held on this topic, with the participants including...

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New publication: " Local Voting rights for the integration of migrants and IDPs"

26 février 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Congress has just published the first brochure in the collection "Democratic Elections" entitled: "Local Voting rights for the integration of migrants and IDPs". Based on a report adopted by the Congress, this brochure aims to encourage participation in local elections, as a key factor for...

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Meeting in Lviv of the Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion

Roma Alliance 26 February 2019 Lviv, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion held a meeting, on 26th February 2019, with Alliance members, local and regional elected officials, parliamentarians and NGO representatives, in Lviv, Ukraine. In the context of the attacks against Roma in 2018 in various Ukrainian...

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Workshop in Ukraine: ensuring the inclusion of IDPs at the local level

Co-operation 28 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

How can the inclusion and protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) be ensured at the local level in Ukraine? A workshop on this issue will be held on 28th February 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with numerous participants getting involved, including Ukrainian mayors, representatives of local and...

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European Local Democracy Week: annual coordination meeting in Strasbourg

European Local Democracy Week 19 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

The annual coordination meeting of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) was held in Strasbourg, France, on 19 February 2019. Some sixty representatives of partner cities from different European countries evaluated the 2018 edition, presented their good practices and discussed the 2019...

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Allowing IDPs to vote in local elections in Ukraine

Co-operation 27 February 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (the Congress) discussed the voting rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at local level in Ukraine and the measures needed to ensure their electoral participation, at a conference on 27 February in Kyiv. The conference will be followed, on...

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Congress Vice-President Xavier Cadoret, attended the Barcelona anniversary conference on local self-government

14 February 2019 Barcelona, Spain

On the occasion of 40 years of local democracy in Spain, Xavier CADORET, Vice-President of the Congress, participated in a conference organised by the Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia and the Carles Pi i Sunyer Foundation on 14 February in Barcelona. The event, opened by Strasbourg's...

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Congress monitoring visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Monitoring Committee 19-21 February 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a monitoring visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 19 to 21 February 2019. The delegation examined the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European...

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On-going reforms in Ukraine: Congress supports decentralisation of powers, capable mayors and their national associations

14 February 2019 Brussels, BELGIUM

Political will and operational support, trust in institutions and a critical mass of reform-minded local leaders were identified as four key elements of successful implementation of the on-going reforms in Ukraine during the sixth meeting of the European Committee of the Regions' Task Force on...

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Bilateral meeting of the Congress President with the Prime Minister of Spain

Presidency 7 February 2019 Strasbourg, FRANCE

The President of the Congress, Anders Knape, held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, on 7 February in Strasbourg. They discussed the role of local and regional authorities in Europe and the challenges they are facing as well as the work of the Congress in the...

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Local and regional democracy: Pursuing political dialogue with Serbian authorities

Monitoring Committee 7 February 2019 Belgrade, Serbia

The Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities met in Belgrade, on 7 February 2019, on the invitation of Saša Paunović, mayor of Paraćin. On this occasion, the Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress, Leen Verbeek together with the Congress rapporteurs on...

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Meeting of the Monitoring Committee in Serbia

7 February 2019 Belgrade, Serbia

Members of the Congress' Monitoring Committee met in Belgrade, Serbia, on 7 February 2019. They examined, for approval, reports on the situation of local and regional democracy in Poland and the Republic of Moldova, as well as a report on the elections for the Cantonal Assemblies of the...

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Ukrainian local authorities step up their commitment to “open government”

Co-operation 30 January 2019 Kiev, Ukraine

The Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities co-organised on 29-30 January 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine a round table “Open Government Partnership: A way forward to enhance local self-governance”. This event brought together almost 40 Ukrainian mayors and representatives of local councils, the...

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Congress and Committee of the Regions stress the key role of local democracy in upholding the fabric of society

29 January 2019 Paris, France

The High-Level Group Congress/European Committee of the Regions (CoR) of the EU held its annual meeting on 29 January in Paris. The meeting brought together Presidents Anders Knape, Gunn Marit Helgesen and Xavier Cadoret of the Congress, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz and Luc van den Brande...

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Meeting of the Congress Bureau in Paris

Congress Bureau 29 January 2019 Paris, France

The Congress Bureau met in Paris on 29 January 2019. In particular, members approved the agenda for the 36th Session of the Congress, which will be held from 2 to 4 April 2019 in Strasbourg under the theme "Mayors for the preservation of democracy". They also discussed the Congress'...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January): "74 years later, we still have to fight against anti-Gypsyism," says John Warmisham

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 28 January 2019 Strasbourg, France

"74 years ago, Nazi persecution led to the death of many groups of people, including about 200,000 Roma. Anti-Gypsyism was an integral part of Nazi ideology," said John WARMISHAM, Congress spokesperson on Roma and Traveller issues. "Even today anti-Roma rhetoric and attacks against Roma continue...

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"Open government" as a way to enhance local self-governance in Ukraine

25 January 2019 Kiev, Ukraine

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (the Congress) is organising jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) on the 29 and 30 January 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine, a round table to discuss the role of local authorities in the implementation of the Fourth...

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Strengthening public ethics: new practical guides

22 January 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Congress has just published a series of "Public Ethics" booklets for local and regional elected representatives and public officials, compiling three practical guides entitled: "Conflicts of interest at local and regional levels", "Making public procurement transparent at local and regional...

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Statement of Bernd VÖHRINGER after the assassination of Pawel ADAMOWICZ

18 January 2019 Strasbourg, France

The President of the EPP/CCE Group within the Congress of the Council of Europe, Bernd VÖHRINGER conveyed his condolences to the Polish delegation after the assassination of the Mayor of Gdansk, Mr Pawel ADAMOWICZ. "It is in shock and with deep sadness that we learned of the violent death of...

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Conquests and setbacks, human rights today

Human Rights 18 january 2019 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, a round table on the state of human rights in Europe will be held on 22 January 2019 at the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg, France. The three former Commissioners - Álvaro GIL-ROBLES,...

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Piero FASSINO: " The mayor Pawel ADAMOWICZ defended freedom, democracy and law in Poland"

17 January 2019 Strasbourg, France

"The assassination of the mayor of Gdansk Pawel ADAMOWICZ is the result of the climate of hatred and resentment fueled every day by populist movements and nationalists. It is the responsibility of every democratic conscience to reject any form of inaction or recourse to violence. Each person must...

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Xavier CADORET: "Pawel ADAMOWICZ, a European, who embodied the values of democracy, tolerance and solidarity in all his actions"

21 January 2019 Gdansk, Poland

In a letter addressed to the Polish delegation, Xavier CADORET, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, conveyed his condolences to the family and relatives of Mayor Pawel ADAMOWICZ, who was assassinated on 14 January 2019, and to the citizens of the City of Gdańsk. He highlighted, in...

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Statement by the President of the Congress, Anders KNAPE: “All European Democrats are in mourning after the death of the Mayor of Gdańsk.”

Presidency 14 January 2019 Strasbourg, France

"I have been shaken and deeply shocked by the assassination of Paweł ADAMOWICZ, the mayor of the city of Gdańsk, who was stabbed on Sunday night in front of thousands at a charity concert and who has just succumbed to his injuries. On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and...

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International Migrants Day: Congress President underlines the crucial role of local and regional authorities

International migrants day 18 December 2018 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of International Migrants Day and following the adoption of the United Nations Global Migration Pact, better known as the Marrakech Pact, Congress President Anders KNAPE said: "The issue of migration is more than ever at the heart of public policies, particularly at local and...

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Harald BERGMANN: "Human rights, a requirement at all levels of governance"

International Human Rights Day 10 December 2018 Strasbourg, France

"Good local and regional governance cannot exist without full respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights" said Harald BERGMANN (Netherlands, ILGD), thematic spokesperson for the Congress on human rights, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....

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KEDE General Assembly: Anders KNAPE calls for greater decentralisation in Greece

Presidency of the Congress 03 December 2018 Athens, Greece

"Local and regional democracy is an essential dimension of democracy," stated Congress President Anders KNAPE at the annual conference of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) on 3 December 2018 in Athens, Greece. “It is the work of the national delegations of local and regional...

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